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Post by JimZipCode » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:17 pm

Range by David Epstein.
Highly enjoyable.
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Post by JimZipCode » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:18 pm

Fat Cat wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:56 pm
In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick
My wife loved In The Heart Of The Sea.
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Post by Fat Cat » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:22 pm

It's a good book. She might enjoy this one then, its superb adventure tale:

Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/03161 ... bl_vppi_i0

"The true story of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the perilous heart of the Sahara."
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Post by Sua Sponte » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:32 pm

Fat Cat wrote:
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Bronze Age Mindset by Bronze Age Pervert

The most unique book I have read a very long time, I will have to read it again as the first time through it's pretty overwhelming. I give this book my highest recommendation.
This turned out to be quite good, unexpectedly, but it took months to get through. Without taking the time to chase after the countless arcane historical and philosophical references, many of which were the key to some subtle but very funny jokes, the whole purpose and context would have been lost to me. And it does demand another read.

More of late, I've been going back through Oscar Wilde, Call of the Wild and White Fang, a couple of boyhood favorites. If you like the outdoors and dogs and believe that ancestral spirit still exists deep in them, they're worth a serious adulthood read. Picture of Dorian Gray not as good by far as I remembered it.

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Post by DrDonkeyLove... » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:02 am

For those interested in an epic of the millenarian religion of Bolshevism and how they cannabilized themselves. Really gets into the personal lives of early Soviet leaders and their families and their victims. Some might find it tedious. I found it that and fascinating at the same time. Uses a famous Soviet apartment building "The House On The Embankment" as the touchstone for the stories. Lots of old photos.

NYT review for your reading pleasure

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Post by Bennyonesix1 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 2:13 am

Funny. I just read Wilton's Russia's Agony and The Last Days of the Romanov's. Can't recommend them enough. Wilton was chief correspondent for the leading British paper at the time of the recolution and saw everything first hand. It is heavy on the pro-English and anti-german stuff which is annoying and wrong but he was there and honestly reported the facts. Of course, he got blacklisted afterward....

Sebag-montifiore's bio of Stalin is good as well. But the tyrants are always boring people in the end.

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Post by Bram » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:49 pm

JimZipCode wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:17 pm
Range by David Epstein.
Highly enjoyable.
Got through the first 40 pages or so, and it seemed he was just making the same point over and over. A good point, but a bit repetitive. Did you find it broke this pattern as you continued?

Finished "Republic of Thieves," book 3 in the Gentleman Bastards series. Think Ocean's 11 in a fantasy setting. Great dialogue, such as "I wouldn't shit on his head to give him shade from the sun." Some twists towards the end to keep an overall theme of menace and intrigue going strong.

Half-way through "The Blade Itself," book 1 of the First Law Trilogy. Fantasy, violence, funny, grotesque, political...about 5 stories (so far) woven together in a world of magic and horrible death.
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Post by Fat Cat » Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:44 am

The Glass Key by Dashiel Hammet (Miller's Crossing is a portmanteau of this and his other novel Red Harvest). Basically, between them they inspired Yojimbo, A Fistfull of Dollars, Last Man Standing, and Miller's Crossing.

How to Wind Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie...what can I say, I was given an assistant this past year and for the first time in my life I have to manage someone in a professional context. It's an easy read and surprisingly insightful.

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe...already been discussed here at length. Among other things, the guy had an astounding vocabulary.

My Life as an Indian by J.W. Schultz...headed west, married a squaw from the Blackfeet tribe and lived among them from 1880 to 1906.

Just starting on The Empire of the Summer Moon now about the history of the Comancheria, will report back.
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Post by Turdacious » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:23 am

Fat Cat wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 12:44 am
Just starting on The Empire of the Summer Moon now about the history of the Comancheria, will report back.
Please do. Heard the author on Rogan-- one of the few episodes of his show I actually listened to in its entirety.
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Re: Right now I'm reading

Post by Fat Cat » Sat Jan 18, 2020 1:24 am

Comanche were bad motherfuckers and I'm looking forward to it.
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